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    DVD Video - Reviews [Little Nicky (Special Edition)]


    Little Nicky (Special Edition)

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    Studio: New Line
    Year: 2000
    Run Time: 84 minutes
    Rating: PG-13
    Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin Nealon, Jon Lovitz, Quentin Tarantino, Reese Witherspoon, Rodney Dangerfield, Harvey Keitel, Patricia Arquette
    Directed by: Steven Brill
    Produced by: Jack Giarraputo and Robert Simonds
    Written by: Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy
      Movie Summary: [Comedy]

        When your mother is an angel and your father is the devil, life can be really confusing. For Little Nicky (Adam Sandler), it just got a whole lot worse. His two evil brothers have just escaped from Hell and are wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting earth. His dad (Harvey Keitel) is disintegrating and it's up to Nicky to save him and all of humanity. Can Nicky find his inner evil in time to save the world?

    DVD Details
    • Widescreen, Color, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Surround, Subtitles: English, Closed Captioned, Region 1
    • 2 Audio Commentaries by Adam Sandler, filmmakers and cast; "Adam Sandler Goes to Hell" Making Of; Deleted Footage; P.O.D. "School of Hard Knocks" Music Video; Trailer; DVD-ROM: Script-to-Screen; "Satan's Top 40" Heavy Metal documentary
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    Reviewer: Fred E. Fischer, IV


            I f thereís one thing that Iíve learned from Adam Sandlerís work, itís that you canít trust critics. Now donít stop reading this because you consider me one of the critics that I speak of because I assure you that Iím not. Iím just a simple DVD reviewer and there is quite a bit of difference between myself and the type of individual Iím referring to. I call Ďem likes I see Ďem and try for the most part to ignore the razzing from the critical press and form my own conclusions about a film whether it is an Adam Sandler movie or even a vehicle powered by Tom Hanks. However, it seems that most film critics will go into a Sandler film already hating it because they will have created preconceived conclusions of his brand of comedy regarding it as infantile in nature even though they have never seen one of his films. Well you know what? Sandlerís work IS infantile but you know what else? Itís funny as hell! So I say get over your judgments of his maturity and at least admit that his movies moved you to at least a few giggles you critical bastards. Little Nicky, one of the most critically bashed films of 2000, is Sandlerís latest film to hit DVD and it is quite the digital treat. It comes loaded with extras and is the first real Adam Sandler special edition disc. The Wedding Singer and Big Daddy discs have a few special features but they are meager at best compared to Little Nickyís special feature smorgasbord. Now donít shy away just yet folks because I will attempt to show you even more of the light. Did you enjoy Billy Madison? Yes? Then read on my friend because you will not be let down by this DVD. Now, those of you that only liked Sandlerís The Wedding Singer, his most critic-friendly film, may want to take caution with Little Nicky. There might not be any hope for you. But read on anyway non-believers because you will find merit in this disc if there is any tie that bonds you to Mr. Sandler. Oh yes, you will find something quite rewarding with this DVD I assure you.

    For those of you that have not yet seen Little Nicky, which is Iím assuming a large number, the film is about the son of Satan who is affectionately referred to as ďlittle NickyĒ. Adam Sandler plays Nicky (of course) and the basic plot of the film involves Satan [Harvey Keitel] deciding not to go into retirement for many more years to come. Kind-hearted Nicky is thrilled by the idea, but his brothers Cassius [Zeus] and Adrian are none too happy about the prospect of not acquiring their fatherís throne at present. Thus they head off to earth to wreak havoc in an attempt to ultimately destroy their father. Satan gets increasingly weaker by the hour in his sonsí absence so little Nicky is forced to go up to Earth to retrieve his brothers and save the world from eternal damnation. It's the classic fish out of water story. Whatever the case, Little Nicky is a special effects laden masterpiece of idiocy and everyone should at least see it once.

    I canít really find anything negative to say about the video quality of the disc. It looks simply amazing. This is Sandlerís first foray into big budget special effects films and he doesnít disappoint. The scenes in Hell are simply beautiful, right out of a Hieronymus Bosch painting. The colors are vibrant and everything looks so good that I wouldnít really even mind going to a Hell like the one depicted in the film (DVD brings the best out in all of us). Little Nicky is by far the best-looking Sandler film thus far. It is also the best sounding Adam Sandler movie. It doesnít boast a DTS track but the Dolby Digital 5.1 track isnít too shabby at all. Youíll hear every demonic joke with crystal clarity.

    As far as content goes this DVD is loaded with extras. It boasts two audio commentaries. One with Adam Sandler, writer Tim Herlihy and director Steven Brill, and the other is a cast commentary hosted by Michael McKean in which numerous members of the supporting cast pop in to tell about their experience on the set. Even Henry Winkler [ďFonzyĒ] pipes in and he couldnít have had more than a minuteís screen time in the film. Neither of the two commentaries is really very informative but they are very entertaining to listen to nonetheless. Iíd rank them right up there with the commentary on Cannibal the Musical! [w/ Trey Parker and Matt Stone]. Two documentaries made it onto the disc as well. One of them is about the making of the film and it runs about thirty-two minutes in length. Itís not your standard little crap featurette either. It is a solid documentary that explains many different aspects of the filmís creation. The other documentary is really rather pointless though. Itís all about heavy metal and Satan which is all fine and good if your into that kind of thing but I found it a bit boring. Though if youíre into deleted scenes, you should look no further than this DVD as it is filled to the brim with extended and alternate takes, outtakes and even a very brief alternate ending. Of course the trailer is included, but sadly so is a P.O.D. music video: the worst part of the disc in my opinion. The video is well produced but I hate whatever kind of music P.O.D. is trying to put together. To each his own I guess. So there you go. If your one of those people who buys DVDís strictly for the special content, surely you must pick this one up. Plus, if enough people buy this one maybe the studio will go back and do a special edition for Billy Madison - this time including the infamous kickball scene.

    Overall, I love this DVD. It looks and sounds great and it plays just like Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore with special effects. It has a great cast and I donít really fully understand why it received so much flack. Whatever the case, it is a very funny movie and I recommend it to Sandler fans and non-Sandler fans alike.


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